Women appear poised to take the mayoral contests in three of New York’s six largest cities, with Kathy Sheehan already declaring victory in Albany and candidates in Rochester and Syracuse well on their way to victory.
Unofficial elections results show City Council President Lovely Warren (pictured) with a 55-39 percent lead over incumbent Tom Richards in Rochester with more than 90 percent of polling stations reporting Tuesday. In Syracuse, incumbent Mayor Stephanie Miner was pulling in about 68 percent of the vote with 47 percent reporting.
The slate of female mayors would be unprecedented in New York’s largest cities, where Miner was previously the standard bearer as head of the state’s fifth-largest city.. Rochester is the state’s third-largest in terms of population, while Albany is sixth.
Warren defeated Richards in a Democratic primary in September, despite Richards having the backing of the Monroe County Democratic establishment. Richards declined to continue campaigning on a pair of third-party lines, but his supporters waged a last-minute rogue effort to get him elected over the past few weeks.
Miner is also the co-chair of the New York State Democratic Committee, while Sheehan will succeed Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings, who served for two decades in the office.
In Binghamton, City Councilwoman Terri Rennia was unsuccessful in her bid for the mayor’s office, falling to Republican Rich David.